Monday, November 06, 2006


West Ham 1-0 Arsenal

Bloody brilliant. I've got to head off to bed, but will just post this quick summary.

Arsenal pretty much looked the better side but lacked their sharp edge, while West Ham were honest and hardworking but with very little imagination. Still, the victory wasn't undeserved after we had undoubtedly the better of the chances - about four that I can think of, two in each half, including the one that Marlon wonderfully buried.

I wasn't impressed with Pardew's tactics in this game. Zamora cut a lonely figure up front and was holding the ball up for nobody. Yossi had a poor game but played the full 90, while Bowyer was subbed. Still, a win's a win and we were certainly in the game for the entire time. The confidence in the team is starting to come back. Plus we got to see Wenger all pissed off, which is always a pleasing sight.

Boro next - Come on you Irons!

Player ratings
Green 8 - very confidence inspiring.
Konchy 7 - a good game, I thought, but with some dodgy passing still.
Gabbers 7 - poor at first, but rose to the task after Anton's injury.
Anton 7 - looked really good before his injury, hope he's OK.
Spector 6 - an eventful match, looked slightly outclassed but put in the effort. Improved as the game went on.
Ethers 7 - Looked up for it, and a good game spoilt by the lack of end product, at least until the goal. But would be devastating against a lesser side.
Reo-Coker 6 - I'm quite frustrated with NRC. His defensive work was good, but his passing was poor.
Mullins 6 - did OK. More shit passing.
Yossi 5 - very poor. Not really in the game considering the freedom he had with four other midfielders.
Bowyer 7 - showed some class and worked hard, getting forward to help Z-man when he could.
Zamora 7 - really did well on his own, winning headers and corners, and all that stuff a target man should do, but with nobody else around he was pushing shit uphill to try and score.

McCartney 6 - didn't look out of place.
Sheringham 7 - looked class all the way. You could see he wanted to beat his old enemy.
Harewood 7 - in the game immediately and should have scored with a one-on-one, but that just turned out to be a sighter for his goal. Great to see him score.

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